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A hedge of Cherokee Roses on Arlington Drive

Early Pasadena: An Astonishing Garden of Flowers

By Michelle Turner | December 27, 2019

Early Pasadena was often described by visitors as a paradise.  Webster defined paradise as “any place … of blissful delights,” and one of the delights of early Pasadena was an…

funeral of Owen Brown

Owen Brown in Pasadena

By Michelle Turner | January 10, 2018

January 10, 1889 was a significant date in early Pasadena history – the funeral of Owen Brown, son of abolitionist John Brown.  Owen was the last survivor of the historic…

1886 Pasadena photo

Country Living in Pasadena

By Michelle Turner | October 11, 2017

When Pasadena was incorporated as a city in June, 1886 it was experiencing the beginning of a real estate boom that would transform it from its rustic beginning as an…

onion fire article

A Stink in West Pasadena

By Michelle Turner | June 28, 2017

For many in West Pasadena, a reason to celebrate arrived a few days before the Fourth of July in 1899. Shortly after 9 p.m. on June 30, “residents of the west…

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The Pasadena Cycleway

By Michelle Turner | May 31, 2017

Pasadena historian Henry Markham Page wrote that “ … there was nothing like it in the United States – or probably anywhere else for that matter.” It was a bold…